Brian Howard

Position: RHSP
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Midland RockHounds
League: Texas League
Born: 04/25/1995 (Age: 28)
Height: 6'9''
Weight: 185
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 8th Rd., 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft (OAK)

Prospect Spotlight

The A’s have already gotten great value from Howard, a 40K senior sign from Texas Christian University in 2017. He has been an excellent performer early in his career, flying to Double-A by the end of his first full pro season in 2018. Back in the Texas League to start this year, he was named to the circuit’s mid-season all-star game after a strong first half for Midland.

None of Howard’s pitches are plus, but the unique angle created by his 6-foot-9 frame is tough on hitters. He also has above-average control for someone this height, with moving parts in the delivery that add deception. The fastball works at 88-to-92 mph, backed by a high-80s cutter that grades as his most effective pitch. Howard rounds out his arsenal with a usable curveball and developing changeup. Howard’s prospect value is tied to his floor more than ceiling, but he checks the boxes of a lesser backend starter or mopup/long relief type that soaks up low leverage innings.